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Ray Columbus and the Invaders - Anthologydotdotdotdot
artworkNew Zealand's Ray Columbus and the Invaders ruled the lower regions between '63 and '65. They were a very tight rock band, and they put on a spirited show. This LP includes 16 studio tracks, including their hit "She's A Mod," plus 4 live tracks recorded in Perth, Australia in '64 entirely through the vocal mics with amazing clarity and fullness. Their tour was supported by Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs 3 instros blast from the vinyl.
Picks: Ku-Pow, The James Bond Theme, The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt

Track by Track Review


Ku-Pow dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

This adventurous instro features damped guitar sans reverb and a country beat. It's a cover, but darned if I can place the original. Entirely infectious, "Ku-Pow" rocks and bounces with exuberant shouts and instrumental energy. A fine instro never before issued.

The James Bond Theme dotdotdotdot
Spy (Instrumental)

Monty Norman wrote it, John Barry cut it for the film, and a billion bands covered it. This is one of the freshest, with a unique arrangement that retains that glorious low-E twang. Cool drums and lots of spunk.

The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' group composition "The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt" was their lone contribution to surf. It's written much in the Paul Johnson style. The Invaders play it straight in this live performance, with piano, twang, and chunk. The crowd goes nuts as they work into the bridge. Nice version.